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Div doing Bakkies no favours


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 29 Oct 2010 at 10:58
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Within days of changing media managers, Bok coach Peter de Villiers has shown yet again that he cannot seem to keep his foot out of his mouth.

Rugby 365 reports that De Villiers was speaking at the launch of Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield’s Blood Brothers testimonial “bonus year” in which the achievements of the Springbok lock pairing will be honoured for the benefit of child welfare.

In what was meant to be a tribute to Botha and Matfield’s strength of character, given that the Bok mentor would know the pair as people better than most, De Villiers explained that if Springbok fans see Botha smiling on the field then they should know that he had “just punched someone”.

This verbal faux pas – so typical of De Villiers’s tenure as Bok mentor – is wholly innapropriate, considering Botha’s chequered disciplinary record.

The World Cup-winning Bok enforcer has just finished serving a nine-week ban for headbutting All Black scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan in the Tri-Nations.

That incident occured soon after Botha had finished serving a four-week ban for entering a ruck illegally – after charging recklessly with his shoulder into Gio Aplon’s head in the Super 14.

Botha was also banned for two weeks for recklessly entering a ruck during the British and Irish Lions tour last year, injuring prop Adam Jones – who later required surgery. This prompted the Springbok players to launch a “Justice 4 Bakkies” armband protest.

Whether or not the comment was made in jest is irrelevant as it has done further damage to the reputations of both Botha and De Villiers.

De Villiers does not seem to be doing himself, or indeed his new media manager Andy Colquhoun, any favours ahead of their year-end tour.

The British press will doubtless focus on this thoughtless comment, creating a distracting sideshow similar to the Schalk Burger eye-gouging debacle ahead of the third Test against the B&I Lions last year.

If De Villiers cannot stay away from controversy at a charity initiative – which should highlight his players’ virtous qualities – what chance does he have in the United Kingdom and Ireland where questions from the press will be designed to evoke a controversial response?



23 Comments

  • PDV should have his tongue cut out.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.10.10 11:01:15 by Sportbilly Reply
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  • Ag, bullshit!!!

    This is picking at straws – it was so obviously a joke.

    This is just an attempt to create something to bitch about.

    Poor form.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.10.10 11:01:56 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) :

    That it may be but.

    Whether or not the comment was made in jest is irrelevant as it has done further damage to the reputations of both Botha and De Villiers……

    ……The British press will doubtless focus on this thoughtless comment, creating a distracting sideshow similar to the Schalk Burger eye-gouging debacle ahead of the third Test against the B&I Lions last year.

    If De Villiers cannot stay away from controversy at a charity initiative – which should highlight his players’ virtous qualities – what chance does he have in the United Kingdom and Ireland where questions from the press will be designed to evoke a controversial response?

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.10.10 11:09:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • If it were about any other player it still wouldn’t be ok.

    Basically the coach of our national team is saying that he condones foul play. Not on.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.10.10 11:14:46 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) :

    I agree!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.10.10 12:34:02 by wpw Reply
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  • This doesnt even shock or upset me… PdV has set the bar so low that nothing he says winds me up anymore.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.10.10 13:03:49 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 6) : maybe that was his plan all along

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.10.10 13:07:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Its worked!

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.10.10 13:09:03 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • It was obviously a joke, but de Villiers doesn’t have a clue when a joke is appropriate and when not.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.10.10 13:34:29 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 9) :

    Exactly. PC may not be the correct word, but he doesn’t have a clue when to be PC and when to make a comment that is going to bring down the WHOLE British press contingent on his arse.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.10.10 13:52:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    It amazes me that he still hasnt learnt rather to just say nothing.
    Despite being openly scorned he still thinks it appropriate to speak to the media more than any other international coach, Eddie Jones aside.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.10.10 14:03:20 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • I say the baby was nurtured…the “parents” should have shown him the right way from the start, but they neglected their parental duty – so they created a little tongue monster…

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.10.10 14:11:55 by Queen Shark Ice Angel Reply
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  • i can’t wait for the WC 2011 so he can just pack it up and leave he is an A!@ [email protected] :evil:
    their must some one else to do his job :lol: grabing up straws he should just go :mrgreen: so we as Bok fans can move on :smile:
    he always get us worked up for some reason rather concentrate on his family i’m already a pack of nerves and all worked up for 2 morrow now he must start his thing again when is it going to stop ;-)

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.10.10 14:35:51 by chaz (Black and White forever) Reply

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  • @chaz (Black and White forever) (Comment 13) :

    Whats this gotto do with tomorrow? :?:

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.10.10 14:59:27 by Queen Shark Ice Angel Reply
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  • @Queen Shark Ice Angel (Comment 14) :
    I’ve said my bit on this already.

    But I can’t understand why we would bother with this thread on the day before such a huge game.

    GO SHARKS!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.10.10 15:02:19 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 15) :

    Lets blame it on Oubaas’ age!! :twisted:

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.10.10 15:07:40 by wpw Reply
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  • @Queen Shark Ice Angel (Comment 14) : nothing :oops: its just getting me all work up and i don’t think that the Box should say sth like that before our big game :smile:

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.10.10 15:22:10 by chaz (Black and White forever) Reply

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  • @chaz (Black and White forever) (Comment 17) :

    Dont let it bother you!! ;-) Simple, really!

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.10.10 15:25:04 by Queen Shark Ice Angel Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 15) : Any distraction helps with the nerves, dude ;-)

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.10.10 15:26:13 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Queen Shark Ice Angel (Comment 18) : ;-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.10.10 15:30:44 by chaz (Black and White forever) Reply

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  • De Villiers explained that if Springbok fans see Botha smiling on the field then they should know that he had “just punched someone”.

    You know….I’m actually going to miss the guy after the EOYT. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.10.10 15:43:39 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 21) : :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.10.10 15:53:42 by rhineshark Reply
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  • :lol: Well I think it`s true. Bakkies either did something illegal or he`s about to . .. I say card him just in case! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.10.10 15:57:58 by Original Pierre Reply
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